The Olkiramatian Reto Women’s Group was established in November 2007, and there are currently 200 members. A chairlady and eleven committee members, from four sub locations of Olkiramatian (Entasopia, Olchorolepo, Olkiramatian, Oloiborototo and Oldorko), represent the group.
Lale’enok is owned and run by the Women’s Group, and receive the camping fees raised through the use of the centre by researchers, visitors and students alike. Through a strong committee and democratic processes, the group uses the funds to support livelihood and development projects including:
- Bees for Development: The women have been working with a bee keeping expert, Jessie de Boer, to develop apiaries and a business model. They have beehives in all sub-locations of Olkiramatian group ranch: Entasopia, Olchorolepo, Olkiramatian, Oloiborototo and Oldorko.
- Solar Lights Enterprise: The women are the official agents for a solar light company called SunnyMoney. This enables them to buy solar lights at cost price and sell them locally for a profit.
- Beads for Conservation: The women make beaded bracelets which are bought and sold by Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. All profits are then returned to SORALO’s projects.
- Girl-Child Bursaries: The women support the school fees of four girls each year.